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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Border Patrol Agent Salary

$41,539 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$19.97 hourly

Entry level Salary
$24,000 yearly
$24,000
10 %
$41,539
Median
$71,000
90 %

How much does a Border Patrol Agent make?

Border patrol agents make $41,539 per year on average, or $19.97 per hour, in the United States. Border patrol agents on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $71,000.

Location impacts how much a border patrol agent can expect to make. Border patrol agents make the most in Connecticut, California, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Washington.

Highest Paying States For Border Patrol Agents

The darker areas on the map show where border patrol agents earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Border Patrol Agent average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New Hampshire$58,756$28.25201
2Connecticut$67,791$32.59230
3California$63,768$30.662,697
4Michigan$50,406$24.23878
5Arizona$49,311$23.71835
6Washington$58,499$28.12586
7New York$56,850$27.331,124
8Delaware$50,349$24.21153
9North Dakota$50,894$24.4788
10New Jersey$58,279$28.02547
11West Virginia$53,287$25.62102
12Rhode Island$48,838$23.48134
13Oregon$49,069$23.59529
14Ohio$45,331$21.791,276
15Massachusetts$50,901$24.47946
16Nevada$46,192$22.21255
17Alaska$63,571$30.56
18District of Columbia$59,654$28.6870
19Pennsylvania$44,549$21.421,412
20Nebraska$42,791$20.57287
21Illinois$48,908$23.51987
22Colorado$47,374$22.78610
23New Mexico$47,162$22.67166
24Kentucky$47,957$23.0620
25Indiana$46,048$22.14531
26Utah$41,833$20.11406
27Iowa$46,580$22.3927
28Missouri$38,821$18.66824
29Minnesota$47,282$22.73490
30Maine$45,785$22.01103
31Maryland$48,789$23.46439
32Vermont$39,800$19.1398
33Hawaii$49,326$23.7170
34Mississippi$38,956$18.73265
35Montana$37,387$17.97154
36Texas$42,635$20.501,767
37Wyoming$36,088$17.3582
38Virginia$43,285$20.81624
39Oklahoma$35,299$16.97327
40South Dakota$35,712$17.17107
41Wisconsin$36,857$17.72498
42Louisiana$32,005$15.39392
43Arkansas$32,127$15.45305
44South Carolina$33,754$16.23431
45Kansas$35,715$17.17247
46Florida$32,568$15.661,638
47Idaho$32,628$15.69166
48Tennessee$31,101$14.95588
49Alabama$30,360$14.60465
50North Carolina$34,431$16.55558
51Georgia$26,226$12.61777

Highest Paying Cities For Border Patrol Agents

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Norwalk, CT$68,952$33.15
2Los Angeles, CA$62,179$29.89
3Manchester, NH$58,738$28.24
4Sayreville, NJ$58,417$28.09
5New York, NY$57,410$27.60
6Charleston, WV$51,216$24.62
7Fargo, ND$51,120$24.58
8Framingham, MA$50,960$24.50
9Wilmington, DE$50,692$24.37
10Detroit, MI$50,641$24.35
11Newport, RI$49,913$24.00
12Phoenix, AZ$49,360$23.73
13Chicago, IL$49,264$23.68
14Portland, OR$48,174$23.16
15El Paso, TX$48,122$23.14

Border Patrol Agent Salary Details

Border Patrol Agent Salary

What is a Border Patrol Agent's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$71,000$5,917$34
75th Percentile$55,000$4,583$26
Average$41,539$3,462$20
25th Percentile$31,000$2,583$15
10th Percentile$24,000$2,000$12

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Public Safety Officer$33,635$2,803$16.17122,048
Campus Safety Officer$35,257$2,938$16.95114,874
Ranger$35,972$2,998$17.29748
First Officer$73,560$6,130$35.3789,899
Community Services Officer$41,239$3,437$19.83181,257
Police Cadet$39,031$3,253$18.7694,220

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Which Companies Pay Border Patrol Agents The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are the highest paying companies for border patrol agents.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Department of Homeland Security$65,455$31.47
2U.S. Customs and Border Protection$48,140$23.1422716

Border Patrol Agent Salary Trends

The salary for a border patrol agent can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Border Patrol Agent Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$34,700$16.70
Mid Level$43,700$21.01
Senior Level$53,300$25.61

Average Border Patrol Agent Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Border Patrol Agent Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$41,500$19.97+3.6%
    2021$40,000$19.24+2.8%
    2020$38,900$18.70+0.5%
    2019$38,700$18.60+2.2%
    2018$37,800$18.19+2.3%

    Recently Added Border Patrol Agent Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol AgentPortland, ME06/01/2022$50,704
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol Agent-ExperiencedWichita, KS06/01/2022$56,551
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol Agent-ExperiencedCharleston, SC06/01/2022$56,551
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol AgentLos Angeles, CA06/01/2022$50,704
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol Agent-ExperiencedNew Orleans, LA06/01/2022$56,551
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol Agent-ExperiencedCheyenne, WY06/01/2022$56,551
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol AgentKansas City, MO06/01/2022$50,704
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol AgentAlbuquerque, NM06/01/2022$50,704
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol Agent-ExperiencedWilmington, DE06/01/2022$56,551
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol AgentPhiladelphia, PA06/01/2022$50,704

    Border Patrol Agent Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Border Patrol Agents the most?

    Connecticut pays Border Patrol Agents the most in the United States, with an average salary of $67,791 per year, or $32.59 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Border Patrol Agent?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Border Patrol Agent if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $63,768 per year.

    What type of Border Patrol Agent gets paid the most?

    First Officer gets paid the most. First Officer made a median salary of $73,560. The best-paid 10 percent make $81,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $66,000.

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